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Decoding Medieval (and later) Art    NEW!

Why is an ox looking over that man’s shoulder? Is that bird dive-bombing the man below him? Maybe that pool belongs to the bird? Is that lady holding eyeballs on a tray? A key to understanding such puzzling images is often referred to as Christian Iconography, a vocabulary of narrative images. This lecture class will reveal some of the key codes in evangelist portraits, Gospel illustration, and the attributes of saints (to take those questions in order), and will examine illustrations of Revelation and the Old Testament. Prior to each class, students will receive an email with brief readings of the texts illustrated. Images will date from the third to the 21st centuries, with emphasis on the 12th and 13th. Discussion will be encouraged. No prior knowledge is assumed, although students with experience in this area are most welcome and will surely encounter examples they have not seen before.
 
  • Decoding Medieval (and later) Art
  • Item Number: W24ARTS305
    Dates: 2/5/2024 - 3/11/2024
    Times: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Days: M
    Sessions: 6
    Maximum Enrollment:  299
    Building: n/a: online course
    Room: Online (Zoom)
    Instructor: Alice Taylor
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